With the world at our fingertips and our usual plans a little off track right now, this could be a great time for you to tap into higher learning. While not everyone will have the capacity to use this period to pick up something new, those who have always longed to learn another skill, add to their repertoire, or who just feel the drive to stay occupied can make use of online resources. The web is brimming with opportunities, whether it's brushing up on your cooking skills or opting to delve a little deeper into literature. Here are all the amazing online courses you can take right now…
Ivy League Online
If you always wanted to attend Yale, Harvard or Browns but didn’t quite get the grades or have the funds in place, then you will love free access to the Ivy League Online Courses. With free courses from some of the biggest names, think Columbia, Cornell, Penn and Princeton, you can access a range of lectures, courses and materials that cover everything from business to humanities and social sciences. Whether it's reinventing the piano, roman architecture or an intro to German opera, art lovers are also welcome in the big leagues.
Another platform that paves the way for home learning with some incredible schools around the world, Coursera captures over four thousand different courses from close to two hundred schools. The cost of each course varies and there are plenty of free opportunities to learn, depending on which style of program you pick. There are courses aimed at picking up professional skill levels and others veered more towards topping up knowledge and personal interest and even degree qualifications. From business to science and humanities, art and literature and languages, there are endless options.
If you want to learn ballet from Misty Copeland, creative writing from Margaret Atwood, and cooking from Gordon Ramsey, then Masterclass is the best place for you. Offering different tiers of membership and a range of courses that cover everything from dance to drama, culinary arts to business and fashion, Masterclass has the edge by offering famous world experts as your instructors. Delivered through the lens of video tutorials, you can pick and choose your classes and pay one at a time or opt for full membership which gives you a year pass to as many courses as you like. By the end of the year, you will know Serena Williams tricks and techniques in tennis, you will learn all about expression and authenticity from Ru Paul, and you will know the jazz secrets straight from the mouth of Herbie Hancock himself.
If you have been loving all this working from home lark and want to up your freelancer skills then Skillshare could be an awesome place to turn. Less than twenty dollars a month, or less than a hundred for a years subscription gives you access to video-based courses that cover everything from animation to photography, film, writing and business. Assigned exercises and prompts up the lilt of learning, and the mobile-friendly platform ensures minimal frustration and distraction. With a tagline touting Skillshare as being the place to watch, play, learn, make and discover – this is exactly what we need right now.
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